The Sunday Bastille Market…C’est Superb!

Bonjour,

There’s nothing better than spending Sunday morning at one of the largest markets in Paris at Marché Bastille. And for us, it’s a convenient wonder that it’s only two blocks from our apartment.  We decided to stroll through and let the pictures tell the story.

Despite a gray, drizzly day, we found color and enjoyment at every turn. Though we can share the sights, we cannot share the sounds or the smells. The venders have their own lingo, half talking to themselves and partly trying to convince you to buy. They rattle off a cadence almost like at an auction while they’re cutting open an orange and offering you a sample, or showing you how to tie a scarf, or offering you a taste of the latest cheese. And then there are the smells…the stinky fish (Oh-là-là!), the pungent spices, the baked goods, the flowers, the lavender, the huge pots of cooking stews. We left starving and ready for lunch!

Whatever you could possibly need, you can pretty much find it here and at very good prices. The clothing is not high quality, but still fun to experience what I call “street clothes.” The locals come to shop; the tourists come to gawk!

Hope you enjoy the tour!

This group welcomes you into the market; they are always there, year after year.

This group welcomes you into the market; they are always here, year after year.

This lady plays the same note over and over and it will drive you crazy. People still give her money!

This lady plays the same note over and over, and it will drive you crazy. People still give her money!

Wallets and purses

Wallets and purses

Scarves of every kind

Scarves of every kind

Les poissons

Les poissons

Hardware

Hardware

Wonderful oranges

Wonderful oranges

Sausages

Sausages

Baked goods

Baked goods

Le Pain or Bread

Le Pain or Bread

Carrots

Mounds of Carrots

The stinky cheeses

The stinky cheeses

Cherries!

Cherries!

Flowers

Flowers

Big pots of yummy stews

Big pots of yummy stews full of mussels

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The lavender lady

The lavender lady…can you smell it?

Les peches or the flat peaches

Les peches or the flat peaches

Bijou or jewelry

Bijou or jewelry

Live lobsters

Live lobsters

Les crevettes or shrimp

Les crevettes or shrimp

The organic area

The organic area

More flowers

More flowers

Olives

Olives

Meat

Meat

Crowds of people

Crowds of people

Pastry from Lebanon

Pastries from Lebanon

The street clothes

The street clothes

Soaps of every scent

Soaps of every scent

Chairs

Custom-made chairs

More flowers

More flowers

Unusual characters are always around

Unusual characters are always around

More flowers

And even more flowers

So, that’s a look at the Bastille market located down boulevard Richard Lenoir!  Make it part of your next Paris visit.

A bientôt

L & B